Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 Vs Rivals, a battle it tends to fight with a clan in one way or the other to make sure it doesn’t leave the most sporty and competitive space
Bajaj Auto Ltd have come up with a new model in the premium 150cc segment titled as the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160. The all new NS 160 looks like its predecessor but now comes with a smaller and more fuel-efficient engine.
The front comes with similar design as the older version the NS 200 which is quite well-known and loved among the people. Bajaj has also given the bike the dual tone paint schemes as the Pulsar NS 200 to attract even more buyers. the overall dimensions of the bike seem to be like that of the NS 200.
The latest NS 160 is priced for Rs. 78,400 ( ex-showroom Delhi) and sits above the Pulsar 150 and alongside the AS 150 in their portfolio . compared to the Pulsar 150 the NS 160 is Rs. 3,400 costlier. sitting at such a price range the Pulsar NS 160 will peril to the likes of Suzuki Gixxer 155, Honda CB Hornet 160 and Yamaha FZ-S.
The all new NS 160 looks quite zippy and sporty just like the older version. The key differences made to the bike are it gets a kick start lever, smaller 240 mm front disk brake, rear drum brake and a bit skinnier tyres and front fork and swingarm.
The engine is an air-cooled 160cc system which churns out 15.5 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 14.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The powertrain is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The Honda CB Hornet however, uses a 162.71cc air cooled engine producing 15.2 bhp at 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 14.76 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
The Suzuki Gixxer is, equipped with an aluminium 154.9cc air-cooled SOHC engine which makes about 14.8 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm OF torque at 6,000 rpm. The Yamaha FZ-S carries the smallest engine among all the four, giving out 13.2 bhp at 8,000 rpm with peak torque of 12.8 Nm.
The new generation NS 160 claims to be a very good package for the ones who want to be in the 160 cc class but demand the best in technology and performance and the NS offers it all with combination of engine, chassis and essentials.
The Pulsar NS 160 employs a front telescopic fork with 130mm of travel and the rear uses a Nitrox monoshock with 120mm of travel, where as the the Hornet, Gixxer and the FZ-S all three of them are built on a diamond type frame which are suspended by telescopic forks at the front and monoshock at the rear.
The NS 160 is already on sale in markets such as Nepal and Turkey. Bajaj Auto is trying to target a particular segment of sports bikes where customers want performance and efficiency that too in an affordable price and lower cc category. Today 70 % of sports bike segment is dominated by 150-160cc class motorcycles.
Comparing the prices the Suzuki Gixxer is the cheapest among the four with prices starting at Rs. 77,936 and the rear disc brake version at Rs. 81,013 (ex-showroom Delhi). while the Honda CB Hornet 160R is priced at Rs. 82,537 for the standard variant and Rs. 87,037 for the CBS variant, and on the other hand the Yamaha FZ-S is available for 83,674 (ex-showroom Delhi). The latest NS 160 is priced for Rs. 78,400 ( ex-showroom Delhi) which makes it price well for it seems to be offering on paper.